Court Appointed Special Advocates

The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program ensures that abused and neglected children receive high quality, timely representation in dependency court hearings.

Under this program, OJJDP provides grant support and training and technical assistance to local and state programs to support
existing and new CASA programs across the nation and CASA services in communities where representation rates are low, the numbers of abused and neglect children are high, and service systems do not meet the needs of families and children.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: The National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association s (NCASAA) Training and Technical Assistance and Grants Programs.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Justice

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: • Children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care, defined as more than 3 years in care: 13.3 percent for CASA cases versus 27.0 percent of all children in foster care.

• When a CASA volunteer was involved, both children and their parents were ordered by the courts to receive more services. The audit concluded that this was an indication that "CASA is effective in identifying the needs of children and parents."

• Cases involving a CASA volunteer are more likely to be "permanently closed" (i.e., the children are less likely to reenter the child welfare system) than cases where a CASA volunteer is not involved. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are available specifically to achieve the objectives of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program as described in the Victims of Child Abuse Act, 42 U.S.C.

Section 13001, et seq.

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